Man Arrested After BB Gun Incident

Detectives are appealing for information following an incident involving a BB gun in Portsmouth.

At some time between 10.30pm and 11pm on Saturday, June 12 the offender was stood in the car park of the Portsbridge public house, Portsmouth Road, Cosham, whilst a group of women were having an argument. A customer, who was sat outside on the decking area, told the women to go away.  The offender then walked onto the decking area and produced a handgun, started waving it at a group of men and saying words to the effect of, ‘who wants it?’ 
He was then wrestled by some customers from the pub and he dropped the gun. The offender then broke free and made off from the scene. The group of women also disappeared. The hand gun was recovered by police and was identified as a BB gun.
The man police want to speak to is described as:

- White
- Between 5ft 10ins and 6ft
- In his mid 20s
- Medium build
- Short dark hair
- He was wearing a dark t-shirt and dark trousers
Detective Constable Ian Cambridge, said: “I am appealing to anyone who was at the Portsbridge public house or in the Cosham High Street area around 11pm on the night of the incident, who may have seen the man with a firearm or may be able to provide any information, to come forward.  I would also like to hear from anyone who may have information about the group of women who were arguing outside the pub, as these women may hold vital information.

“Although this was an imitation firearm, it looked very realistic.  This man has caused a significant amount of distress to many customers at the pub by waving it about and causing fear.

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Cambridge at Fratton CID on 101 or call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-Com users can call 01962 875000. From outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight call 0845 045 45 45.

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